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43rd Glass Art Society Conference - Chicago - March 19 - 22
posted: February 5, 2014
Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds • March 19 - 22, 2014
We are looking forward to yet another spectacular event where attendees can watch, learn and connect with fellow members of the glass community. This year's schedule is chock-full of stimulating presentations featuring well-known artists and professionals from around the world, such as James Carpenter, Dan Dailey, Theaster Gates, Dante Marioni & Preston Singletary, Albert Paley, James Yood and many more (click here for a complete list of 2014 presenters).
GAS will also be hosting these special conference events:
- Day of Glass
- Pre-Conference Reception
- Live & Silent Auction
- Goblet Grab
- International Student Exhibition
- Gallery Hop
- Closing Night Party
Register by March 8, 2014 for lower rates! For more information, visit www.glassart.org/2014_Conference_Chicago_IL.html
Amélie Girard Receives the François-Houdé Award
posted: January 14, 2014
We are delighted to announce that Amélie Girard is the 2013 laureate of the Prix François-Houdé. This prestigious award, offered by the City of Montreal and the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, is open to all Montreal-based professional craftspeople, aged 35 years or less, with a qualified body of work.
A May 2013 graduate of Espace VERRE and current member of the Fusion transitional workshop, Amélie’s glass art career seems very promising indeed. She draws inspiration from everyday life – from everyday objects and the great beauty they often conceal. Furthermore, the influence of a prolonged stay in Japan permeates her work.
The piece Requiem, for which Amélie received the Prix François-Houdé, speaks of transition and grief. The artist describes her work as follows:
Garlic, according to an Islamic legend, would have sprouted from Satan’s left footprint as he was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Swansong of a fallen angel, it is equally a fruit of Earth, Paradise and Hell — a fruit of mourning and resilience — not unlike human life.
Moments of grief are but the ashes of passed happiness, from which the present ineluctably blooms.
Amélie intends to pursue her artistic journey by enrolling in the Master of Glass Art and Science program of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. We wish her all the best and continued success in this new endeavour!
Photo: Kane Hale
Pilchuck Course Calendar 2014
posted: December 13, 2013
Please See Attached PDF for a Sneak Peak at Pilchuck's Pilchuck Course Calendar 2014
OCC Members, CraftSource 2014 is ready for download!
posted: December 12, 2013
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Forty years ago the Ontario Crafts Council, or in this case one of our founding organizations, the Ontario Crafts Federation, began producing the Annual Craft Shows in Ontario publication. Over the years it became to be recognized as the most trusted, reliable, and accurate craft show guide on the market. Then, in 2006, we combined the Annual Crafts Shows in Ontario book with our Craft Resource Guide to bring the crafts community an exceptionally valuable publication under the new name of CraftSource.
CraftSource is the most trusted, reliable, and accurate craft show and resource guide on the market. Show and tour organizers, suppliers and craftspeople can advertise and access information in one exceptionally valuable guide. The Annual Craft Shows section increases the diversity and quality of work at your event, as it markets your event to emerging artists, craftspeople and craft enthusiasts. At the same time, the Craft Resource Guide is continually referred to by craftspeople working in all media as a source for materials, supplies, classes, publications and marketing. CraftSource is sent electronically directly to OCC members as a benefit and is available as a FREE publication as a downloadable PDF file to an unlimited readership on the OCC website’s homepage.
NEW* - In 2014 we have introduced a section of Studio Tour Listings!
Questions? Please contact Christine at email@example.com or 416-925-4222 ext. 221
Laura Donefer is Gearing up for GAS 2016 - be a part of the Glass Fashion Show of the Century
posted: November 28, 2013
Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the fun.
Terminal City Glass Co-op - Winter and Spring Workshops Announced
posted: November 14, 2013
Glass Blowing, Sand Blasting and Flameworking - Visit their website for full details. http://terminalcityglass.com/classes/
Susana Rutherford - Shannen Koostachin Project - Help spread the word
posted: October 22, 2013
Artist: Susana Rutherford is a professional stained glass artist with over 26 years experience in architectural stained glass. Rutherford has also exhibited both as a painter and a glass artist since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1995.
Artistic Goal: By removing the glass from it’s traditional frame work the object resonates with all the inherent association of stained glass while becoming a exercise in narrative and colour.
Background: Having worked with First Nations communities in PEI and Northern Ontario as a glass artist and lived in Northern Ontario amongst First Nations communities the artist became involved with the Shannen Koostachin story.
The Political Goal: To engage both First Nations and non- First Nations youth directly on issues of educational equity and Canadian identity. To engage
indirectly the wider audience on the same issues.
The Physical Project: To create an installation involving a memorial window of Shannen Koostachin and 111 ribbons with quotes from youths on the subject of the installation.
Exhibition and Dissemination: The artist is in discussion with the Timmins' Museum to exhibit the project and is exploring additional venues. The final
project is also to become the property of the Koostachin Family for exhibition in a public space in Attawapiskat.
The Call: The Artist is looking for Youth ( under 21) of both First Nations and non-First Nations to contribute quotes to appear on the ribbons, that reflect on aspirations and goals for the future of First Nations; education, youth and dreams. The quotes may directly relate to Shannen Koostachin or be more
general in their statement. All quotes should be identified by name, age and cultural identity.
Submit Quotes - email@example.com or posted as comments on the Face Book album of the window in progress https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151888574810606.1073741828.44004800605&type=1 or mailed to Suzanna's studio.
46 Parkside Dr.
Get answers to your kiln-glass questions on the Bullseye Forum
posted: October 12, 2013
For almost 40 years, Bullseye has been working hand-in-hand with artists to expand the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of kiln-glass. We've learned a lot in that time, but we can never explore glass in as many ways as the thousands and thousands of people around the world who use Bullseye Glass.
That's why we created the Bullseye Forum. It's a great way to tap into the advice of Bullseye technicians and experienced artists and craftspeople working in their own studios.
A few recent discussion topics from the Techniques section of the Forum:
- Clear vs. Crystal Clear vs. Tekta
- Large ballooning bubble on slumping
- Annealing and how much stress is too much?
The Forum also has a section for discussing Bullseye's video lessons, another for announcements about classes and exhibits, as well as a Chat section for other discussions (a recent example: where to find olivine sand suppliers).
Access to the Bullseye Forum is free. All you need to do is register on the Bullseye website. (If you subscribe to our videos lessons, you're already registered.)
Log in or register today
Every day, Forum members meet and exchange valuable advice, putting our collected experience together to solve challenges. We look forward to seeing you on the Bullseye Forum soon!
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital - Call For Art Submissions for 2013 and 2014
posted: October 2, 2013
OCC Exhibition Guidelines
posted: November 23, 2012
The OCC Gallery welcomes exhibition proposals on an ongoing basis from curators, craft professionals and collectives. Our exhibition programming recognizes that craft plays a crucial role in our daily lives and in contemporary society. As a key voice, we aim to incite dialogue locally, which contributes to a global critical discourse.
We present both group and solo exhibitions that demonstrate excellence, provide a strong curatorial approach, engage with contemporary issues and address diverse audiences.
Proposals are reviewed twice a year by the OCC Exhibition Committee following the April 1st and October 1st submission deadlines. Applicants will be notified of the Committee decision within a month of the respective submission deadline. Please note that scheduling takes place up to two years in advance. For instance, if proposals are submitted in 2012, exhibitions would be accepted to take place in 2014. Proposals are evaluated using the following criteria:
- Alignment with the OCC Exhibitions Vision/Mission/Mandate (click here to download a pdf copy)
- Demonstrates excellence
- Explores a new area of investigation and/or is inter-disciplinary
- Addresses historical context and/or tradition through contemporary work
- Provides an innovative approach and incites dialogue
- Promotes intercultural understanding
- Project Name
- Contact name, address, email and phone
- Description of the conceptual approach and subject of the exhibition - please limit to one page in length
- A Curriculum Vitae for each participant, and a brief background or artist statement - please limit CVs to three pages in length
- 10-15 images with a corresponding list indicating title, medium, size and date. JPEGS are preferred with a maximum size of 1 MB per image
- Proposed budget
Please email proposals as digital documents, and direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.